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There is no doubt that our mental health is as important as our physical one, especially nowadays, with all the uncertainty we’re facing due to going through a pandemic, which is causing a lot of worry and anxiety. This is where giving attention to what we feed our bodies comes in handy as it can relieve the body of unnecessary stress and excessive energy use.

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Here’s a List of the Foods I Found More Interesting in Improving the Overall Emotional State of Being.

Food plays a major role in improving our mood, body health, and overall well being, researches have shown a positive relationship between our mental health and certain foods we consume on a daily basis or need to make sure to include in our daily diets.

Bananas

Bananas contain both vitamin B6 and tryptophan which separately work as natural antidepressants and together form the mood-lifting hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

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Dark Chocolate

Pure dark chocolate contains a high concentration of cacao, which has positive effects on overall stress levels; as well as improves memory and focus. Dark Chocolate has also a high hedonic rating making its pleasurable texture, taste, and smell promote a good mood.

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Fatty Fish

Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel & sardines are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are a major component of our brain cells, making their consumption very vital in brain development and function. Research also shows that fatty fish is linked to lowering overall levels of depression.

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Oats

Oats are a great source for fiber which helps in slowing digestion of carbs, allowing a gradual release of sugar in the bloodstream to keep our overall energy levels stable, while also helping body release serotonin.

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Avocados

Avocados are another super happy food! These fruits contain choline which boosts serotonin & dopamine levels also they are full of healthy fats that improve our mood & overall wellbeing.

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Apples 

As the saying goes, “eating an apple a day keeps the blues at bay!”

Apples are supercharged with antioxidants such as quercetin which produces calming effects and increases overall energy levels. 

These fruits also increase dopamine levels which give us an overall feeling of happiness.

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Legumes 

Legumes, such as beans and lentils are very rich in fiber also they are an excellent source of vitamin B, which increases neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine “the happiness hormone”!

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Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens contain magnesium which helps in keeping serotonin levels up and improving overall mood. These leaves are also filled with folic acid which reduces depression and fatigue.

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